Real first name:
Age and gender:
Full time student, Strategic and Security Studies Major
How did you get into wargaming?
A friend tried to get me into MTG, and while that didn't interest me, the store he took me to had X-Wing stuff, which did catch my eye. After that I found 40k and a couple of other games through other players.
How did you get into Tau?
I liked the idea of playing the least dystopian faction, plus the railguns looked really cool.
What would be your second piece of advice (after "read the freakin' rules") to a new Tau player?
Find a play style you really enjoy, winning isn't all that great if you make yourself miserable to do so.
What is your Tau colour scheme?
Tentatively black/pink, but so far all I've done is base coats.
How did you find this site/the old site, and how long have you been a member?
I'm completely new. I searched "Shadow War tactics" a couple of weeks ago, and this site came up.
What are the origins of your ATT username?
I like Athena, and her domain of calculated, defensive warfare seems to fit the Tau, at least on the tactical level.
Have you reviewed the ATT Membership & Forum Rules?
Where and how often do you usually play?
Local game store, weekly-ish.
Do you have any other armies, for 40K or another system?
No other 40k armies, but I have Rebels for X-Wing and Armada, British for Bolt-Action, and Morrigans (a fictional island in the North Sea I made up for this game) for Sharp Practice.
What is your favourite and least favourite army to play against?
Favourite - Imperial Gaurd, they're almost always fun to play, lots of removing models on both sides.
Least Favourite- Chaos of any variety, they always feel overpowered, especially in Shadow War: Armageddon.
What is your best and worst 40K moment?
Best - Making Space Wolves run away twice in a row in Shadow War.
Worst - Shooting 1000 points of various Tau into a single chaos model (I think it was a Daemon Prince) and not doing a single wound (this was 7th edition).
What does/do your family/significant other/friends think about your 'funny toys'?
My girlfriend is generally positive about it, if a little weirded out sometimes; that being said I recently got her to try an RPG with me, so I'm hopeful that she'll try wargaming at some point. As for my friends that don't play war games themselves, most think it's cool, if a bit odd.
What are some of you other interests?
I play and game master tabletop RPG's. Military history is has always been an interest for me, hence my major. I'm also working on a minor in Anthropology, and training to work in archaeology with that. I write utopian-ish science fiction/fantasy, and to that end I'm working on a novel as well as a number of short stories set in the same universe. I've done living history before, mostly blacksmithing, but I'm also hoping to put together a Soviet Airwoman's uniform and gear so I can do that eventually. I also dabble in politics.
Do you have any pets?
What is your favourite band?
Probably a tie between Nightwish, Dropkick Murphys, and Barlowgirl (that last one may be an unfortunate relic of my upbringing, but they remain a favourite nonetheless).
What are your favourite podcasts?
The Allusionist, Revolutions Podcast, and The Bugle.